One of the dozens of people affected is Wendy Arévalo. This health sector worker was scheduled to apply her second dose in Bucaramanga. Very early he went to the Las Américas Educational Institute, but found himself a bitter surprise.
“I arrived around 8:30 am, there were already many people waiting. Then a person came out with a megaphone yelling that there were no vaccines for either first or second doses of Pfizer. They weren’t taking care of anyone … ”, he said.
The woman affirms that the only information they shared was that they were not applying the vaccine from this pharmaceutical company in all of Santander.
“There is uncertainty in not knowing when they are going to vaccinate us. I am concerned about the long time that may pass from the first dose, I fear that the effectiveness of the vaccine will be lost ”, comments Arevalo.
Hundreds of citizens who visited different vaccination points encountered the same situation. “It is a lack of organization, it is a total wear and tear. We ask that you give us accurate information. The Mayor’s Office publishes information on its social networks, but this is totally false, ”lamented the affected party.
In addition, Arévalo recalled that in times when the city’s health system is collapsed, the vaccination program should be accelerated and fully complied with.
There are no vaccines in Bucaramanga
On the morning of this Saturday, the Mayor’s Office of Bucaramanga announced that it had applied all the vaccines available in the city. “Vaccination against COVID-19 is suspended for today due to lack of biologicals. We are waiting for more to arrive to continue the immunization process. Let’s keep taking care of ourselves!
However, he clarified that during the day they will only be applying second Sinovac doses previously scheduled. “We will try to get the doses in the shortest possible time to the different municipalities, as soon as we have a resolution from the National Government.”
Gladymar Díaz Parra, coordinator of the Departmental Vaccination Plan against COVID-19, explained that only Sinovac vaccines are available throughout the department and acknowledged that there are problems with Pfizer.
“We have 28 thousand doses in the Collection Center, but we have not had a resolution from the Ministry of Health. We do not know to which population these doses should be distributed ”, he pointed out.
The official assured that it is unknown if said doses that they have stored are for the first or second dose. “For now, the metropolitan area has no dose of Pfizer.”
Díaz Parra affirmed that the Ministry of Health affirmed that the doses of Pfizer can be extended up to 12 weeks. “I believe that on Monday we will have the vaccine already distributed throughout the territory, so there would be no problems with the efficacy of the vaccines. There would be no problem with immunity. ”
In addition to the metropolitan area, the same inconvenience occurs in municipalities such as Socorro, San Gil and Barrancabermeja.
Three days without vaccines in Girón and Piedecuesta
A serious ‘slowdown’ in the vaccination plan is registered in Girón and Piedecuesta. There the vaccination with Pfizer has been suspended since last Thursday.
Claudia Leal, Girón’s Health Secretary, confirmed that only second doses of Sinovac are available. “Since Thursday we have not applied neither first nor second doses of Pfizer, we have not been able to receive these vaccines.”
The Local Administration of Piedecuesta also assured that it only has second doses of Sinovac available.
In turn, the Acaldía de Floridablanca indicated that since this Saturday it ran out of Pfizer vaccines.